By Staff Writers | May 5, 2012
The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Daniel Vettori has backtracked from his earlier remarks and is now willing to drop himself in order to play Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Vettori told reporters earlier this week that his team was unlikely to select the Sri Lankan off-spinner in RCB’s remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as he felt RCB had found the right combination of four overseas players and there was no need for experimentation.
"I will opt out if it is needed. If it’s right for me to sit down, then it’s fine with me," Vettori told journalists in India.
The IPL allows each team to field only four overseas players and Vettori pointed to RCB’s combination last year as a reason to play just one spinner. It had to be, he said, either Muralitharan or him.
"Our success last year was due to three international batsmen and one spinner. We need to choose between one of us," Vettori said.
Muralitharan, who has only featured in RCB’s first four matches of the season, has eight wickets at an average of 14.00, while Vettori has five wickets after nine matches at an average of 47.00.
"You have to balance the side, that’s the most important thing," the ever-modest Muralitharan insisted, while suggesting that the captain should not be dropped.
"Sometimes you won’t fit in. Last year, I didn’t fit in for Kochi or when I played for Chennai I didn’t play seven or eight matches.
"You can’t expect to win only from the contributions of the international players – the Indians also have to perform. At the moment, we’re not performing in certain departments."
"I think captain should not change. That is my opinion," Muralitharan added.
"I think the captain should play all the games because as the leader he should finish the whole tournament. Only then will the confidence of the team grow.”
After 10 matches in the tournament, RCB are in sixth place in the points table with nine points to their name.
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